NRO: Medicare-for-All’s Bitter Pill

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/03/medicare-for-all-plan-authoritarian/

“Obamacare failed. There is no denying it anymore. The supposed ‘signature achievement’ of the 44th president isn’t just opposed by Republicans. The Affordable Care Act has now been jilted also by many Democrats, who, like so modern-day Lotharios, have abandoned their once-burning ardor for state insurance exchanges to pursue ‘single-payer’ health care.”

7 thoughts on “NRO: Medicare-for-All’s Bitter Pill

  1. A summary of the bullet points of NRO’s analysis of the “Medicare for All Act of 2019”:

    • It Would Drown the Country in Red Ink

    • Yes, There Would be Rationing

    • Private Payment for Covered Health Services Would Effectively Be Banned

    • Doctors and Hospitals Would Become Government Contractors

    • Private-Pay Health Care Would Be Destroyed

    • The Bill Seeks to Remove Profit in the Health-Care Sector

    • The Government Could Steal Pharmaceutical Patents

    • Illegal Aliens Would Receive Free Health Care

    • Women Would Receive Free Abortion

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    1. Funny, that litany of imaginary horrors is a not characteristic of other Single Payer systems.

      Red ink . . .Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats will legislate sufficient new taxes, fees and co-pays to pay for the program. Taxes WILL be higher but will be more than offset by what people and their employers are now paying to the grossly inefficient for-profit insurance industry. And,as a bonus, businesses will be more competitive and every American will have a significant increase in their personal freedom.

      Rationing . . . There is rationing now. We “ration” by denying services to those who cannot pay. Other countries “ration” through the mechanism of waiting times for elective services.

      Doctors and hospitals would continue to be for-profit not contractors.

      Medicare-for-all would eliminate EXCESSIVE profit the same way that Utility Commissions do with the monopolies they supervise. Utility stocks remain popular and rewarding investments.

      Coverage of abortions by tax money has a long history of being blocked and would be excluded.

      Illegal aliens ALREADY receive health care when they need it and it is in all our interests that people be treated early and effectively for communicable diseases. Nor would it be any more “free” than it is for other people paying payroll taxes to cover it.

      Look at history and you will find similar histrionics from the same sort of “conservatives” about Social Security and Medicare, two of our most popular and successful government programs.

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      1. _RE: “Look at history and you will find similar histrionics from the same sort of ‘conservatives’ about Social Security and Medicare, two of our most popular and successful government programs.”

        And they were right.

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        1. And they were right? Thanks for proving my point. Of course anyone who thinks Social Security and Medicare are bad ideas would think the same about Medicare-for-all.

          They were right? How so? Why are these programs which provide everyone with a little security in their old age bad ideas? You think it better for old folks to be in the poor house and ALL their life savings to go to the medical industry leaving no capital for their children?

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          1. RE: “How so?”

            Had private pensions been common at the time Social Security was introduced, the program would not have been popular. Similarly, M4A polls poorly today when respondents are asked whether they would favor giving up private health insurance for the benefit.

            The original critics of Social Security and Medicare were right to warn that private sector markets would prove better for everyone in the long run.

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          2. If If If . . . There would be no government safety net for anybody is the miraculous private sector markets had not failed miserably in a wide variety of ways.

            If there had been robust private pensions covering everybody then Social Security would not have been needed. That is not an argument. It is a tautology.

            As for polling, Medicare-for-all consistently scores 60%-70% approval overall. Push polls such as what you describe – and right wing propaganda spreads – do not change that.

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          3. RE: “Push polls such as what you describe – and right wing propaganda spreads – do not change that.”

            “A recent Kaiser poll found that 58 percent of respondents opposed Medicare for All if they heard it would eliminate private health insurance companies.” Ramesh Ponnuru.

            https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/the-blind-ambition-of-medicare-for-all/

            Why do you make erroneous assumptions about “push polls” and “right wing propaganda spreads”?

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